National Writing Project


Elyse Eidman-Aadahl

National Writing Project

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is Executive Director of the National Writing Project, where she draws upon 15 years of experience designing and leading national programs, partnerships, and action-learning efforts for the NWP and other educational organizations.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Eidman-Aadahl directed National Programs and Site Development for the NWP, where she developed many of NWP's signature programs and partnerships. Her recent work engages educators in schools, libraries, and museums as they rethink their teaching and learning environments with a view toward digital composition and production, connected learning , equity, and civic engagement. In that regard, Eidman-Aadahl is the founder of NWP's Digital Is project and community, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative (DML), and is a member of the DML's Youth and Participatory Politics research network. She is a founding member of the Connected Learning Alliance, and co-established the YOUmedia Learning Labs network, the Make to Learn Initiative, and Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age.

As a scholar, she has directed numerous action research networks in the United States and abroad that focus on engaging teachers, youth practitioners, and young people in the study of literacy as a sociocultural-material practice. Winner of the Hollis Caswell Award, she has published in a range of journals and co-edited Writing for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action, published by Jossey-Bass.